Science rather than belief for wildlife protection

Raphaël Arlettaz

Christophe Clivaz

Posted on March 15, 2024 at 10:05 am. / Modified on March 15, 2024 at 10:06 am.

Wolf regulation concerns much more than just civil society. The Federal Council's strategy has been criticized even internally within its own government agencies, and is currently being scrutinized by the Federal Court. The partial implementing order governing it, which was decided without a real consultation process, must be completed in 2025. Therefore, the time has come to adapt the legal framework to the real problems of our time and in the light of science.

In 1986, Switzerland adopted the Law on Hunting and Protection of Wild Birds and Mammals (LChP), which was quite innovative for the time. At that time, our country was at the top of the world list of environmental concerns. In the late 2010s, our federal houses decided to modernize this legislative framework. The goal was the possibility of more intensive regulation of large animals, as well as ibex and beaver, due to the damage they can cause. Unfortunately, the exercise turned out to be futile: at the same time, many species of birds and mammals that were in decline were not taken into account. The new LChP people rejected in 2020.

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